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Your Silent Neighbors: Christa E. (Bristol) Humphrey, Schoolteacher

May 1, 2018 Community, History No Comments

By David K. Leff 
Town Historian 

Christa Humphrey (1885-1919) was born on Christmas Day and died on Easter morning after a few days with pneumonia following a bout of influenza.  She was born and schooled in Canton Center, one of twelve children (seven of whom survived).  Humphrey was a graduate of Collinsville High School, class of 1903.  Afterward she attended the Northfield Seminary.  She taught school for a few years in Canton Center and Nepaug.

In 1911 she married Harold Humphrey and settled in a house on the River Road in Collinsville.  About six months before her death she moved to South Street in Bristol after her husband left the Collins Company to take a job with the Wallace Barnes Company.

Humphrey was a member of the Canton Center Congregational Church and the Whatsoever Circle of Kings Daughters in Collinsville, a Christian service organization.

Prayers were held at her home in Bristol and a service at her former home in Collinsville.  She was survived by her parents, husband and son.

Christa Humphrey is buried in Dyer Cemetery, Canton.

“Your Silent Neighbors” introduces readers to people out of Canton’s past.  It will appear on the first and fifteenth of each month.  Readers are encouraged to visit these gravesites and pay their respects to the people who have helped make our community what it is today.  Any suggestions, questions, or corrections should be addressed to Town Historian David Leff at onktaadn@comcast.net


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